Trying to nail the exact appeal of a song is a bit like taking a hammer to a frog. Sure, you’ll splay its innards and identify the individual bits that make it what it is, but why would you want to? Never is this daft metaphor more true than in the case of dance music, where genre classics are supposed to transcend nerdy analysis.
But sometimes a song has such power it can define a genre and a generation – surely that deserves more than just fleeting dancefloor glory? So goes the story of Your Love by Frankie Knuckles, a track considered an anthem for Britain’s 1989 Summer of Love, unwittingly going on to influence a quarter-century of pop music and dance culture.
“From the arpeggiated synth line to that thick, fat analogue bassline, it’s one of a handful of tunes that captures the spirit of acid house,” says Nick DeCosemo, editor of Mixmag. “Lots of current producers still look back to it for inspiration.” DeCosemo insists electronic music wouldn’t be the same without it. Dave Pearce, who interviewed Knuckles for a special edition of 6Mix on BBC 6 Music last weekend, agrees. Pearce tells me it’s not just misty-eyed rave nostalgia that gets him going, “it works because it manages to combine a soulful spirituality with a darker side, while being very sexual at the same time”. Not bad for a track recorded for a laugh in the DJ booth of one-time Chicago house club, The Power Plant, with a drum machine borrowed from Derrick May and pal Jamie Principle roped in on vocals.
Knuckles, a 55-year-old New Yorker whose name hardly ever appears in print without the words “godfather of house” preceding it, has even managed to pip Chicago icon Oprah in having a street named after him in the Windy City, so appreciated is his influence on the music scene. Meanwhile, America’s doyenne of daytime TV had to wait around until this week before finally being honoured with Oprah Way.
But it’s not just me, club DJs, and the mayor of Chicago who remain hypnotised by the Knuckles back catalogue: Animal Collective sampled Your Love on My Girls while Friendly Fires covered it on their Photobooth EP. And, of course, the Source mixed it under Candi Staton‘s You Got the Love and produced an even bigger hit (several times over), spawning additional covers from Florence and the Machine, the xx and, er, Joss Stone.
In short, the debt pop music owes to Your Love isn’t just to those old enough to have indulged in the days of acid house (as opposed to huddling in front of the box for the next episode of Fun House). Nor can the track be relegated to propping up the bargain bins of 90s pop. To paraphrase Pearce, its shelf-life extends way beyond the usual dance music sell-by date, largely because “it’s an exquisite record you can really lose yourself in. It will just live for ever.”
Category Archives: frankie knuckles
- ACID, CHICAGO HOUSE CLASSIC: Podcast #2: Jackin’ House Moments by Mark Murphy Feat; Frankie Knuckles, Ralph Rosario, Hercules, Adonis, Marshall Jefferson, Jamie Principle (sydneyunderground.org)
- (Deep House,Techno): Omar – I’m Feeling You. Feat. Stevie Wonder (Edits & Remixes) (sydneyunderground.org)
- The Best Songs By Michael Jackson (jack.radio.com)
- Was Michael Jackson an influential person (wiki.answers.com)
ACID, CHICAGO HOUSE CLASSIC: Podcast #2: Jackin’ House Moments by Mark Murphy Feat; Frankie Knuckles, Ralph Rosario, Hercules, Adonis, Marshall Jefferson, Jamie Principle
Dropping some computer love with classic electronic mixes, live sets & local podcast sessions you need to know about from the DJ’s, Producers & Lables still flying the flag for Detroit Techno, Electro-Funk, Hi-Tech Soul & Chicago House.
CHICAGO HOUSE | DETROIT TECHNO
Podcast #2 - Mark Murphy Classic Chicago “JACKin’ Podcast
Our second podcast is a mix of the cornerstone production moments in House music put together by one of the undeniable monarchs of Electronic music in Sydney, DJ Mark Murphy. The DJ’s DJ who has been making his name playing everything from Acid House, Electro, Disco, Techno & Chicago House for as long as I can remember.
This mix was originally promo he put together for a Chicago House music club night called “JACK”, which he co-presented by with DJ Magda. It is a journey through some classic releases that shaped the HOUSE & TECHNO sounds from an era where those cats at Trax Records were working hard to put out some of the classic analogue acid cuts on recycled vinyl and Frankie was the man dropping legendry spiritual lessons on dancefloors.
It features classic cuts such as; Frankie Knuckles – Baby Wants To Ride, Ralph Rosario – You Used To Hold Me, Hercules – 7 ways to Jack, Adonis – Do It Properly/No Way Back, Marshall Jefferson – Ride The Rhythm & House Music, Nitro Deluxe – Let’s Get Brutal, Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge- It’s all right, Frankie Knuckles feat Jamie Principle – Your Love
Mark Murphy Links
CHICAGO HOUSE | DETROIT TECHNO | ELECTRO FUNK | HI TECH SOUL
- Midwest Electric: the Story of Chicago House and Detroit Techno (undergroundhousetv.wordpress.com)
- ACID TECHNO CHICAGO HOUSE: HAHA Industries UTR#13 Warehouse Party feat. D&D (HAHA) + African drum set by Malik + HAHA Industries Podcast. (sydneyunderground.org)
- CLASSIC DETROIT HOUSE: Theo Parrish – Falling Up (Carl Craig Remix) Vs Theo Parrish – Falling Up (Original) (sydneyunderground.org)
- Techno don Legowelt releases new album for free (dangerousminds.net)
- DETROIT DEEP AFRO HOUSE,HI TECH SOUL: Theo Parrish – Children of the Drum Feat. Jerry The Cat (sydneyunderground.org)
- CHICAGO HOUSE,TECHNO & ELECTRO DOCUMENTARY: Detroit : The Blue Print of Techno (sydneyunderground.org)
- Classic Acid House, Techno: Joey Beltram – Energy Flash (1991) (sydneyunderground.org)
- CLASSIC NEW YORK HOUSE: Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Frankie Knuckles Extended Piano Intro Mix) (sydneyunderground.org)
Frankie Knuckles Jr on the remix duties, with probably the nicest club intro’s I have heard.. The man is simple the KING of the CLUB MIX! Download Here About the Original! “Rock With You” was written by Rod Temperton and recorded by Michael Jackson. It was released on November 3, 1979, as the second single from Michael Jackson‘s fifth album, Off the Wall. Written by Heatwave group member and songwriter Rod Temperton, who also wrote Jackson’s 1984 song “Thriller“. The song helped Jackson score one of the first Billboard number-one singles in the 1980s. It reached number one on both the pop and R&B singles chart and became one of Jackson’s most-loved songs. A video for the song shows a smiling Jackson dancing in a sequined suit against a background laser. According to Billboard, the song was the fourth biggest single of 1980. It is also considered one of the last big hits of the discoera.It was re-released as a single on February 27, 2006, as part of the Visionary: The Video Singles box set.
- DISCO, DEEP HOUSE: Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody (Frankie Knuckles Hallucinogenic Remix) (sydneyunderground.org)
- CHICAGO HOUSE CLASSIC: Adonis – We’re Rockin Down The House (Original Trax Record Version) (sydneyunderground.org)
- ACID HOUSE CLASSIC: Maurice Joshua – This is Acid (TRAX) (sydneyunderground.org)
- CHICAGO HOUSE: Frankie Knuckles – Your Love (Trax Records, 1987) (sydneyunderground.org)
- Katy Perry teams up with Missy Elliott for “Last Friday Night” remix (celebritytreat.com)
- P.L.O.W. – A Tribute to Michael Jackson (fitsugar.com)
Your Love by Frankie Knuckles: a song that will be raved about for ever (The Guardian UK)
This Summer of Love anthem still packs a punch after influencing a quarter-century of pop and dance music
- CHICAGO HOUSE CLASSIC: Adonis – No Way Back (1986) TRAX RECORDS (sydneyunderground.org)
- Our House Sydney presents ALTON MILLER (DETROIT, USA) Sunday April 24th (soulofsydney.wordpress.com)
- CHICAGO HOUSE MUSIC: Farley Jackmaster Funk and Darryl Pandy- “LOVE CANT TURN AROUND”: A Tribute to Darryl Pandy.. R.I.P (sydneyunderground.org)
- Top 10 House DJs (thehousenation.wordpress.com)
- DETROIT TECHNO : DJ Rolando – Jaguar (sydneyunderground.org)